Failed Foundation Repairs

WORRIED YOU HAVE A FAILED foundation repair, or underscoped foundation damage?

We engaged with qualified individuals who believe EQC has failed to meet its statutory reinstatement standard when it comes to the assessment, scoping and repair methodology applied to homes with over-sized aggregate weak concrete foundations. We believe this issue may also impact some people whose claims are now over-cap, with private insurers / Southern Response.

what is an un-reinforced cement / concrete ring foundation

This is a foundation style with an outer perimeter ring foundation and piles. A rubble ring foundation is the term used when referring to ring foundations that used things like river tailings, rocks, old bricks, etc., with a non-certified low grade cement product, finished off with plaster (refer to our image below).

It has been well known for many years that a great number of homes with these foundations have earthquake damage that cannot be repaired by use of epoxy resin, and other similar products. We hold a view that EQC has under-assessed and applied an incorrect repair strategy to these homes.

we think it likely eqc does not know how big this problem is

We know this is not just an EQC problem, but let's start there. We don't think they know the sheer scale of the problem. We want to gather some data, make that data public and see if we can help facilitate an appropriate outcome for owners. To do that we need some information from you. If you want to help, compete the questionnaire.

Rubble ring information supplied by Underfoot Services
We thank Anothny Harpers, Peter Woods, in making this information available

 When an earthquake happens the bricks, quarry rocks, and stones inside a pre-70's rubble foundation can spall – break into chips, fragments, or become powder like. Spalling weakens the foundation.

When an earthquake happens the bricks, quarry rocks, and stones inside a pre-70's rubble foundation can spall – break into chips, fragments, or become powder like. Spalling weakens the foundation.

Who does this concern?

This concerns a potential reinstatement failure of homes built before 1970, homes with perimeter ring foundations, a category of home that appears to have not been repaired (or cash settled) in accordance with the Act.

Who should be concerned?

Any person who has a current EQC earthquake claim, has a home repaired by EQC and who is concerned that the repair is substandard, is concerned that their EQC cash settlement was for less than the repair would cost, is buying and selling in the Canterbury property market.

We are keen to know how many people are impacted. complete the questionnaire


Rubble Foundations

REGISTRATION OF INTEREST FOR OWNERS OF PRE-1970 HOMES WITH A "RUBBLE FOUNDATION"

If you wish to pursue EQC and/or your insurer for the cost to repair your foundations to the standard required under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (under cap claims), or under your policy (over cap claims) and you wish to engage Anthony Harper, you will need to register and provide us with some details. Visit the Rubble Foundation website by Anthony Harper for more details: